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Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders: A Clinician's Guide

Author(s): Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN, University of Connecticut - School of Nursing, Connecticut
Jeanne Watson Driscoll, PhD, APRN, BC, JWD Associates, Inc.
  • ISBN-13: 9780763716493
  • ISBN-10:0763716499
  • Paperback    248 pages      © 2006
Price: $127.95 US List
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Designed for clinicians delivering postpartum care, including clinicians, midwives, OB-GYN nurse practitioners, and women's health practitioners, this text overviews the six different mood and anxiety disorders that may present during a woman's postpartum year. Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders focuses on assessment, screening tools, diagnosis, treatment, and implications for practice, and includes case studies to integrate the process. 

2006 AJN Book of the Year!

Applicable Courses

Maternal-child health nursing, advanced practice

Psychiatric mental-health nursing, advanced practice

Women’s health nursing, advanced practice

Family health nursing, advanced practice

Medical/surgical nursing, advanced practice

Pediatric nursing, advanced practice

Social workers


Family therapists

Primary care providers

Childbirth education

Doula programs

Nurse-midwifery programs


Chapter One: Introduction

Chapter Two: The process of Assessment

Chapter Three: Maternity Blues

Chapter Four: Postpartum Psychosis

Chapter Five: Postpartum Depression

Chapter Six: The “Postpartum Imposter”: Bipolar II Disorder

Chapter Seven: Postpartum Anxiety Disorders

Chapter Eight Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) secondary to Birth Trauma…262

Chapter Nine: Screening Instruments

Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN-University of Connecticut - School of Nursing, Connecticut

Dr. Cheryl Beck is a professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Connecticut. Her clinical expertise is in obstetrical nursing. She is a certified nurse-midwife. For 20 years she has been conducting a research program in postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. She has conducted both qualitative and quantitative research in these areas and has developed the Postpartum Depression Screening Scale.

Jeanne Watson Driscoll, PhD, APRN, BC-JWD Associates, Inc.

Dr. Watson Driscoll is the President and owner of JWD Associates, Inc., an education and consultation firm. She maintains a private practice as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing with The Mica Collaborative in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She provides psychotherapy and psychopharmacological therapies to women with mood and anxiety disorders that occur during their reproductive years. For over twenty-five years, Dr. Watson Driscoll has been integrating psychiatric-mental health nursing and obstetrical, gynecological, neonatal and women’s health nursing through her lectures, seminars, videotapes, and publications. She is the co-author of the book entitled Women’s Moods: What every woman must know about hormones, the brain, and emotional health, published in paperback in 2000 by Quill Publishers, New York.

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